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Day 1: WASHINGTON DC / SYDNEY

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3:30 PM

After the completion of all of your preparations, we will meet for the first flight of our journey. Our flight will depart from Washington’s Dulles International Airport, for Australia, via Los Angeles. You are requested to arrive at the airport THREE HOURS in advance of the departure time for a group check-in. You will pack your carry-on with all the things needed for quite a few hours.

PLEASE BE SURE TO ADHERE TO THE AIRLINE’S STRICT LUGGAGE WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS (detailed in “IMPORTANT NOTES” attached). Also, please be sure that you do not have any “restricted” items in your carry-on that would impede the check-in procedure. Your luggage should be checked all the way through to Cairns, Australia.

6:30 PM        

Depart on a direct flight to Los Angeles on Qantas Airways flight QF 3082 (operated by American Airlines).

 

9:20 PM        

Arrive Los Angeles where you will change terminals and proceed to the International Terminal for your onward flight to Sydney.

 

11:55 PM      

Depart for Sydney on a non-stop flight on Qantas Airways flight QF 108. Dinner and refreshments will be served on board.

Overnight: In Flight.
Meals: Dinner on board.


Day 2:

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INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE


Day 3: SYDNEY/CAIRNS

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9:40 AM        

Arrive Sydney International Airport where a Yates Tours representative will meet you and will be with you for the duration of your tour in Australia and New Zealand. Although your luggage has been checked to Cairns, you will need to collect it here in Sydney as this is your first point of entry into Australia.

After clearing through customs and immigration, you will have an opportunity to visit an airport bank for foreign exchange. ATM machines are widely available. You may also choose to exchange your money for Australian currency PRIOR to your departure from the United States which would save time on arrival into Sydney. You will transfer to the Domestic Terminal for your onward flight to Cairns.

1:25 PM        

Depart for Cairns on Qantas Airways flight QF 926.

3:25 PM        

Arrive at Cairns International Airport where you will be met outside the domestic arrivals hall and transferred by a luxury coach to your hotel, Holiday Inn Cairns, Tel +61 7 4050 6070, where you will spend the next 3 nights.

Welcome to Cairns, Queensland, gateway to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

7:00 PM        

After a short rest and freshening up from your long flight, we will meet in the hotel’s main restaurant for a welcome dinner. A brief informative and “get-to-know your fellow travelers” session will be held.

Overnight: Cairns (Australia)
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Day 4: CAIRNS

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6:30 AM         Wake up call               

From 6:30     

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

8:30 AM        

We will board the coach for a visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, a celebration of the living history of the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Discover the medicinal values of bush tucker and enjoy professional theatre incorporating traditional Aboriginal dance, fire making and storytelling. Join an Indigenous staff member for a fun introduction to Aboriginal art and see how Aboriginal culture is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own boomerang dot painting, which you can take home as a souvenir of your Local Specialty experience.

1:00 PM        

We will stop at a nearby restaurant for lunch (for your own account).

2:30 PM        

Our coach will transfer us to the Cairns Wildlife Dome to encounter crocodiles, koalas, wallabies, possums and other unique Australian animals. Here you will get up close to and touch Australia’s cuddliest marsupial – the Koala.  Find out why koalas sleep all day and how they raise their young. Cuddle a Koala and get your photo taken for a great souvenir of your visit to the Cairns Wildlife Dome (for your own account).

4:30 PM        

You will return to your hotel where you will have time to freshen up before boarding the coach again for transfer to the popular “Pier” where we will have dinner at The Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse where authentic Australian food is served.

9:00 PM        

The coach returns you to your hotel.

Overnight: Cairns (Australia)
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Day 5: CAIRNS

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6:30 AM         Wake up call               

From 6:30     

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

8:30 AM        

Our coach will transfer us to the harbor where we will board a high-speed catamaran for a full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef, an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life.  Enjoy an informative reef education presentation with a Local Expert. See a myriad of coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkeling and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet Highlight Lunch before you return to Cairns.

7:00 PM        

Dinner will be served in the hotel’s main restaurant. The rest of the evening is at leisure and your tour director will be on hand to offer you some suggestions.

Overnight: Cairns (Australia)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.


Day 6: CAIRNS/SYDNEY

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6:30 AM         Wake up call

7:30 AM        

Luggage Pull. Please make sure that your luggage is outside your door.

From 6:30     

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

10:00 AM      

The coach departs for Cairn’s International Airport for your flight to Sydney.

11:40 AM      

Depart for Sydney on Virgin Australia flight VA 1416. Snacks and beverages can be purchased on board from the food trolley.

3:40 PM        

Arrive at Sydney International Airport where you will be met outside the domestic arrivals hall and transferred by a luxury coach to your hotel, Novotel Darling Harbour, Tel + 61 2 9934 0000.

6:30 PM        

After checking into our hotel, we will transfer to the harbor where we board a boat for a Dinner Cruise in this magnificent harbor where you will have close up views of one of Australia’s icons, the “Harbour Bridge”.                

9:30 PM        

The coach will return us to our hotel.

Overnight: Sydney (Australia)
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Day 7: SYDNEY

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6:30 AM         Wake up call

From 6:30     

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

8:30 AM        

We will board our coach for a full day Sydney City Tour. Our first stop will be the Sydney Opera House for a guided tour of with a Local Expert. Later, board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, Chinatown, the Rocks and Circular Quay.

Your next destination is the famous Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a Be My Guest lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving.

2:30 PM        

We will return to the hotel for a few hours of leisure before our dinner arrangements.

7:00 PM        

Dinner will be in the hotel’s main restaurant. The rest of the evening is at leisure and your tour director will be on hand to offer you some suggestions.

Overnight: Sydney (Australia)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 8: SYDNEY

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6:30 AM         Wake up call

From 6:30     

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

8:30 AM        

We board our coach for a full day Wine and Cheese Tasting tour of the Hunter Valley Wine Region. The lower Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most famous wine growing regions, and is the sixth most visited place in Australia attracting more than 2.5 million people each year. En route to the Valley we visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you will have the opportunity to hand feed Kangaroos, pat Koalas and see over 2000 Australian animals including Crocodiles, Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Fairy Penguins, Dingoes and Snakes.

1:00 PM        

The coach will stop along the way for lunch (for your own account). A variety of lunch options are available.

3:00 PM        

The coach returns to the hotel to freshen up before dinner.

6:45 PM        

We will meet in the lobby and walk to the nearby Bayside Lounge where we will have a “Farewell to Australia” dinner.

9:30 PM        

We return to our hotel.

Overnight: Sydney (Australia)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 9: SYDNEY/QUEENSTOWN

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6:00 AM         Wake Up Call

7:00 AM        

Luggage Pull. Please place your luggage outside your door.

From 6:30     

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

8:00 AM        

The coach departs for Sydney’s International Airport for your flight to Queenstown in New Zealand.

9:55 AM        

Depart for Queenstown on Virgin Australia flight VA 7406 (operated by Air New Zealand). Snacks and beverages can be purchased on board from the food trolley.

2:55 PM        

Arrive at Queenstown International Airport where you will be met outside the international arrivals hall and transferred by a luxury coach to your hotel, Best Western Cranbury Court, Tel + +64 3 442 6483.

Queenstown is arguably one of New Zealand’s finest cities and is considered their top adventure destination.

6:30 PM        

After our hotel check in, we will board our coach and transfer to Steamer Wharf where we will have dinner. Situated on Queenstown’s waterfront with picturesque views of Walter and Cecil Peak, Steamer Wharf is Queenstown’s eating, drinking and entertainment destination.

9:30 PM        

The coach will return us to our hotel.

Overnight: Queenstown (New Zealand)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 10: SYDNEY/QUEENSTOWN

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6:30 AM         Wake Up Call

From 6:30     

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

9:00 AM        

This morning our coach will take a scenic 20 minute drive to Historic Arrowtown where we will be enchanted by this New Zealand treasure. Arrowtown is charming and quirky – a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small town heritage buildings that stretches into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miner’s cottages. The buildings in this lovely precinct house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – many classy, most individual, not one from an international chain. It is a wonderful place to browse, enjoying the dining, the shopping, and soaking up Arrowtown’s lively heritage. We will stop at one of the many restaurants for lunch (for your own account).

2:30 PM        

Our coach returns to Queenstown where you will have a few hours at leisure.

6:45 PM        

This evening we will see the city of Queenstown from above with its breath-taking views during a gondola ride to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant which overlooks the city, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains. A world-renowned feature of Queenstown, the Skyline Restaurant features a “Taste of New Zealand Buffet” restaurant and scenic cafe.

9:30 PM         The coach will return us to our hotel.

Overnight: Queenstown (New Zealand)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 11: QUEENSTOWN

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7:30 AM         Wake Up Call

From 6:30     

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

9:30 AM        

We board the coach for the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and the breath-taking Milford Sound. Despite being one of the most accessible fiords, Milford Sound remains quiet and still, bounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest. Rain or shine, Milford Sound continues to captivate even the most experienced traveler. At the pinnacle of Milford Sound is the magnetizing Mitre Peak – standing a proud 5,550 feet above sea level, it is certainly an impressive sight to behold. Milford Sound is by far the best known of all of the fiords in New Zealand, and the only one that can be accessed by road. It is approximately 10 miles from the head of the fiord to the open sea. Once in Milford we board a 2 hour Scenic Cruise for great views of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred waterfalls and the friendly and enchanting local wildlife of the sound.

3:00 PM        

After the cruise the coach returns to Queenstown via Te Anau,          

7:00 PM         

Dinner will be in the hotel’s main restaurant. The rest of the evening is at leisure and your tour director will be on hand to offer you some suggestions

Overnight: Queenstown (New Zealand)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 12: QUEENSTOWN/MT. COOK REGION

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7:00 AM         Wake Up Call

8:00 AM        

Luggage pull. Please place your luggage outside your door.

From 6:30     

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

9:00 AM        

We will depart Queenstown for the 170-mile ride to New Zealand’s most famous National Park, Mount Cook. Located in the center of New Zealand’s South Island, Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie is home to breath-taking landscapes and the kiwi spirit of adventure. Experience clear starry nights in the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve, turquoise lakes, snow-capped mountains and New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki / Mount Cook. Our route to Mount Cook takes us past the vineyards of the Gibbston and also the Roaring Meg power station in the Kawarau Gorge. The road to Mt Cook hugs the edge of Lake Pukaki. The exquisite opaque turquoise color of this lake and others in the area is caused by fine, glacier-ground rock particles held in suspension. The landscape is a mixture of high country tussock, farmland and snow-capped mountains. We will stop along the way for lunch (for your own account).

1:30 PM        

On arrival in Mount Cook, we will embark on a Terminal Lake Boat Cruise. This is a boat cruise with a difference unlike anything else that exists in New Zealand. Cruise around Tasman Glacier’s Terminal Lake on-board Glacier Explorer’s custom built boats. At times the opportunity exists to view, touch and taste icebergs that periodically break away from the glacier face. Experience a view of the Southern Alps like no other.

4:00 PM        

After the cruise the coach transfers us to our hotel, The Hermitage, Tel +64 3 435 1809, This is a delightful Alpine resort hotel with spectacular mountain views.                

7:00 PM        

Dinner will be in the hotel’s main restaurant.

Overnight: Mount Cook (New Zealand)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 13: MT. COOK REGION/CHRISTCHURCH

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6:00 AM         Wake Up Call

6:30 AM        

Luggage pull. Please place your luggage outside your door.

From 6:30     

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

7:30 AM        

We will board our coach for our final destination on our South Pacific Panorama, Christchurch, en route traveling through golden tussock land to Lake Tekapo. The Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog statue are great photo opportunities. We will stop along the way for lunch (for your own account).

12:30 PM        

We arrive in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. Fast-changing and funky, old English gardens contrast with pop-up bars and container-based shopping malls in this enduring center, which is rebuilding itself after a damaging earthquake in February 2011.

 We will have an orientation tour of the city as we head to The Christchurch Gondola. This ride gently lifts you 300 feet to the top of the Port Hills. At the top you will experience stunning 360° views – to the west, gaze across the sparkling cityscape of Christchurch, over the Canterbury Plains to the high peaks of the Southern Alps. To the south and east are the dramatic views of Banks Peninsula, Lake Ellesmere and Lyttelton Harbour formed in a sunken volcanic crater. Looking north the beaches of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean unfold to the distant Kaikoura Peninsula.

 Take a journey back 12 million years in the Time Tunnel as our automated ride takes you through the smoldering depths of a volcano, a native New Zealand forest, a short voyage on-board a ship and through the early settlements of Christchurch. Then revive your spirits with a snack at the Red Rock Cafe and browse what is on offer at The Shop at the Top.

4:00 PM        

The coach transfers us to our hotel, Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel, Tel +64 3 372 2111.             

5:30 PM        

We will meet in the hotel lobby before boarding our coach for our Farewell Dinner at KO TANE for a Maori Cultural Experience. You will observe Tane Mahuta the Maori god of the forest and discover a people and culture that live in harmony with nature and includes a cultural performance and entertainment.

9:00 PM        

The coach transfers us to our hotel, for check in.

Overnight: Christchurch (New Zealand)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 14: CHRISTCHURCH/WASHINGTON

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3:30 AM         Wake Up Call

4:00 AM        

Luggage pull: (there is limited staff on duty at this time, so if your luggage has wheels, and you are able to bring it down yourself, then that would assist us).

4:30 AM        

An early start today as we start the first leg of our journey home to Washington DC. You will check out of the hotel and board the coach for transfer to Christchurch Airport for your flight to Sydney.

6:00 AM        

Depart on Virgin Australia flight VA 133 for Sydney.

7:30 AM        

Arrive Sydney International Airport where you will collect your luggage and transfer to the International Terminal for you onward flight to the United States.

10:55 AM      

Depart on Qantas Airways flight QF 107 for Los Angeles International Airport. Lunch and refreshments will be served on board.

6:30 AM        

Arrive Los Angeles (same day) where you will collect your luggage and clear customs and immigration formalities (note, although your luggage has been checked all the way to Washington DC, you will need to collect it here in Los Angeles as this is your first point of entry into the United States). Proceed to the Domestic Terminal for your onward flight to Washington’s Dulles International Airport.

9:15 AM        

Depart on a direct flight for Washington on Qantas Airways flight QF 3085 (operated by American Airlines).

5:05 PM        

Arrive Washington’s Dulles International Airport.


TOUR ARRANGEMENTS TERMINATE

(Note – the times given in the itinerary are subject to change. Your tour director will update you on all daily activities, including time schedules)

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU READ THE

IMPORTANT NOTES BELOW, IN PARTICULAR

THE LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS ON AIRLINES.

IMPORTANT NOTES

LAG’s (liquids, aerosols and gasses)

  1. You may only carry Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAG’s) in your hand luggage in containers that have a maximum capacity of 100 milliliters each.
  2. You may carry several containers with liquid contents.
  3. These containers must be packed in a re-sealable, transparent plastic bag.
  4. The total capacity of the plastic bag must not exceed one liter.
  5. It must be possible to open and reseal the plastic bag.
  6. Each passenger can carry only one of these bags.
  7. These bags must be removed from your hand luggage and presented to security personnel for inspection.

Allowable Substances include:

Water, soups, syrup, creams, lotions, perfumes, mascara, lip-gloss, oils, sprays, shaving foam, spray deodorants, toothpaste, hair gel, shower gel, as well as any other liquid-solid mixture and items of similar consistency.

BAGGAGE AND WEIGHT LIMITATIONS

  1. All passengers checking-in for flights are required to carry a positive photo identity document.
  2. Only one item of baggage per passenger is allowed to be checked in, not exceeding a weight of 20kg (44 lbs). Although the international carrier (Qantas) allows a higher weight, the domestic carriers (flights within Australia & New Zealand) strictly enforce the local restriction of ONE BAG per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Please note that our coaches also have luggage constraints, and therefore we can only handle one suitcase per person.
  3. If you do not comply with these rules and regulations, the item will be refused carriage and you will be required to make alternative arrangements.
  4. For safety reasons the airline will accept only one piece of cabin baggage. The maximum dimensions should not exceed: Length: 115cm (Length + Height + Width) and not weighing more than 7 Kg (15 lbs).
  5. Please ensure that all valuables are placed in your cabin baggage. This would include items such as laptops, cell phones, camera’s, jewelry, money etc.
  6. NB. Please be advised that due to current airline security precautions, the above restrictions on LAG’s and Baggage will be strictly adhered to by the airlines. Harvey World Travel & Yates Tours, its agents and / or service providers will not be held liable for any passenger being off-loaded or penalized in any way by the airlines for failure to comply with the above restrictions.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

To serve you better and to make sure that you have the appropriate entry documentation required prior to your arrival into Australia and New Zealand, please be aware that your passport should be valid for at least 6-months from the date of your intended departure from New Zealand to avoid the risk of being denied entry into the country. More importantly, you should note that Australian Immigrations & Customs require 2 consecutive blank pages in foreign passport holder’s passports and New Zealand Immigrations & Customs require 1 blank page in foreign passport holder’s passports, therefore please ensure that you have at least 3 consecutive blank pages in your passport. All visitor visas must be obtained PRIOR to your arrival into each country.
Passengers travelling to Australia and New Zealand who do not comply with this requirement face the risk of being denied entry into the country.